Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bird Flies 8 Days, Non-stop, Alaska to New Zealand!

I was amazed when I heard about a bird that flies 6200 miles, non-stop across the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to the tip of New Zealand. I get tired running after half an hour. Can  you imagine flapping your wings for that long?

Equally amazing is the navigational feat. Finding New Zealand is hard enough, but without landmarks over 6200 miles of distance is very hard. Clearly the bird is using some avian tricks to guide its way. 

Credit goes to Robert Gill of the US Geological Survey for the banding experiment. The bird was a bar-tailed godwit, limosa, lapponica